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“I’m terrible and need to talk with you.” It was my mother calling. She has been dispirited the past two months, even saying, “Maybe it’s enough already. I’m so old I can’t even ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 21 comments on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 08:14 AM PDT with 111 Recommends
“There’s nothing wonderful about being 104.” My mother was calling from Lauderhill where she lives at Forest Trace, a senior citizens residence. “You keep telling me there is and I say, No. ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 3 comments on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 08:46 AM PDT with 19 Recommends
“You’re here two minutes and already I’m giving you bad news.” We were in Florida, at Forest Trace, in anticipation of celebrating my mother’s 104th birthday on Thursday. We braced ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 9 comments on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM PDT with 48 Recommends
“I am feeling much better.” It was my 104-year-old mother calling. “I know you gave me up for dead; but as who-was-it said, ‘The reports of my death have been exonerated.’” “I think ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 9 comments on Mon May 14, 2012 at 09:49 AM PDT with 44 Recommends
“I’m not doing well.” On the phone my mother sounded breathless and weak. I was concerned. Though she is nearly 104, she has been in fine physical and mental health. “You do sound under the ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 23 comments on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 09:34 AM PDT with 92 Recommends
“You haven’t had dinner with the girls in a long time. So how about coming on Friday? They have a nice menu—some kind of beef with a French sauce, which I of course can’t chew--but you will ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 38 comments on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 08:37 AM PDT with 123 Recommends
“I’m feeling very old.” My nearly 104-year-old mother was on the phone. “Well, mom, to be honest with you, you are getting old,” I said but quickly added er to make it, “You are getting ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 13 comments on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 07:41 AM PST with 57 Recommends
“I’m worried about the ladies,” my mother said over lunch the other day. “Is Bertha in the hospital again? I know that Fay . . .” “No, they’re fine. By that I mean fine for people ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 19 comments on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 09:04 AM PST with 53 Recommends
"Did you see the breaking news?" My 103-year-old mother was calling from Forest Trace, the retirement community in Lauderhill, Florida where she lives. "After this past week with Hurricane Irene I ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 33 comments on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:42 AM PDT with 46 Recommends
Even before we could get to Logan Airport to catch our flight to Ft. Lauderdale to celebrate my mother’s 103rd birthday, she was calling my cell phone. This was unusual. Like many of her ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 6 comments on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 08:44 AM PDT with 24 Recommends
“I know you’re coming here later to take me to Publix—I need fruit and some milk to drink with my Ensure—but I don’t want to spoil the visit by talking about politics, and so I’m calling.�
by zwerlst
Comment Count 10 comments on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM PDT with 17 Recommends
"Did you see what Paul Kugelman wrote?" I knew she meant, Paul Krugman op-ed columnist for the New York Times . My 102-and-a-half year old mother is devoted to him but always ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 14 comments on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 07:49 AM PST with 30 Recommends
“Why do things like this always have to happen to us in Florida?” “What kinds of things, mom?” I asked my more than 102-year-old mother who was calling, all upset, from ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 14 comments on Fri Sep 10, 2010 at 09:08 AM PDT with 40 Recommends
“What you’ve been writing on that blog, or whatever you call it, misses the whole point.” My more than 101 year-old mother was calling from Forest Trace, the retirement community ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 47 comments on Thu Dec 24, 2009 at 07:33 AM PST with 35 Recommends
“I only have a minute.” It was my 101-year-old mother calling from her retirement community in Florida. “Is everything all right? You sound out of breath.” “I’m ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 5 comments on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 08:00 AM PDT with 8 Recommends
“The ladies are saying that they don’t want socialized medicine. So I say to them, ‘You’re on Medicare, right? And you have no complaints, right? Well, maybe a few. And they ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 37 comments on Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 09:15 AM PDT with 90 Recommends
“I’m calling to see how he is doing.” It was my 101 year-old mother who lives at Forest Trace, a retirement community near Ft. Lauderdale. I was in the midst of a project and ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 3 comments on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 08:02 AM PDT with 9 Recommends
“I only have a few minutes,” it was my 101 year-old mother calling from Florida, “so just be still and listen.” “I’m in no hurry. So take your time.” She ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 2 comments on Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 09:34 AM PDT with 5 Recommends
My mother turned 101 yesterday and you can only imagine all the excitement. Not just about the number, which is something, but because she is doing so well. The ladies in the Jennie Room where she ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 8 comments on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 08:16 AM PDT with 15 Recommends
I was late for a meeting and decided to let the answering machine pick up the call. From the hall I could hear that it was my 101 year-old mother who was calling from Florida. When someone is that ...
by zwerlst
Comment Count 15 comments on Mon May 25, 2009 at 09:17 AM PDT with 28 Recommends